We’ve updated this post for 2017! Check out our latest list: 75 Top School and Charter Networks!

Getting Smart is acknowledging people and organizations making a difference with a series of back to school top 10 lists. During August we will run about 40 ‘best of’ lists, not in order, not exhaustive, just people we appreciate.

Today we are recognizing 30 great charter management organizations and 10 EMOs. They have all achieved scale, impact and/or influence.

East Coast Networks


Central Networks


West Networks


Educational Management Organizations


We left off some great emerging school networks.  Who would you add to the list?


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  1. I nominate the Caesar Chavez system in DC! They have significantly raised the reading and math scores of their children, most of whom come from immigrant, poor families who don’t speak English at home. But the dedication, hard work, and individualized attention means that their students SOAR!

  2. […] somehow changed the entire concept or what is happening. But here is a good list of many of them Smart Lists: 40 Top Charter Networks & School Managers – Getting Smart by Getting Smart Staff – … Originally Posted by Rasselas I'm not sure what you're saying here. You think charter […]


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